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Predators, Reapers break flying record

Posted October 15, 2012 by A1C Michael Shoemaker

Air Force photograph by A1C Michael Shoemaker Maj. Dusty, 9th Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper pilot, and Tech. Sgt. Trevis, 49th Operations Group MQ-9 sensor operator (last names omitted due to operational security concerns) fly an MQ-9 Reaper from a ground control station on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 3. The Reaper is a multi-functional…

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Navy to christen submarine Minnesota

Posted October 26, 2012 by

The Navy will christen its newest attack submarine Minnesota, Oct. 27, during a 10 a.m., EDT, ceremony at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Va. Adm. Kirk Donald, director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. Ellen Roughead, wife of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm….

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U.S., Thai leaders move defense alliance into 21st century

Posted November 16, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Thai Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat affirmed their nations’ long-term military partnership in Bangkok Nov. 15, updating a vision for the alliance whose most recent statement, in 1962, focused on fighting communism. Before attending the signing ceremony on the manicured grounds of the Ministry of Defense, Sukampol accompanied Panetta as…

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Navy’s next Ford-class aircraft carrier to be named Enterprise

Posted December 3, 2012 by

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced Dec. 1 at the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) inactivation ceremony that the third Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier will be named Enterprise. Mabus selected this name to honor USS Enterprise (CVN 65), the Navy’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which was inactivated in Norfolk, Va. Commissioned in 1961, CVN…

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Panetta signs order to deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey

Posted December 14, 2012 by Cheryl Pellerin

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has signed an order that will deploy 400 U.S. personnel to Turkey to support the deployment that NATO agreed to recently of Patriot missile capability there, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today. Panetta signed the agreement en route to Turkey as he wrapped up a trip this week that…

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Panetta: Fiscal crisis poses biggest immediate threat to DOD

Posted January 11, 2013 by Karen Parrish

DOD photograph by Erin Kirk-Cuomo Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief the press at the Pentagon, Jan. 10, 2013. Panetta and Dempsey discussed the effects of sequestration if it were to take effect at the end of March. The “perfect storm of…

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U.S. Patriots set to begin NATO missile defense in Turkey

Posted January 28, 2013 by Donna Miles

The first elements of U.S. Patriot missile batteries deployed to Turkey earlier this month are expected to reach initial operating capability this weekend, a senior NATO officer reported. Plans are on track for two PAC-3 Patriot anti-missile systems and about 400 U.S. personnel deployed to operate them to begin providing missile defense in the coming…

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SecDef, Joint Chiefs chairman discuss carrier decisions

Posted February 8, 2013 by Jim Garamone

DOD photograph by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey brief the press at the Pentagon. Panetta and Dempsey went in depth on the drastic effects of sequestration should it take effect at the end of March. Deep, across-the-board spending cuts scheduled…

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NATO, partners still considering size of post-2014 force

Posted February 22, 2013 by Jim Garamone

NATO and partner nations are still considering the size of the force that will remain in Afghanistan once the International Security Assistance Force mission ends in December 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Feb. 22. Little, in Brussels with Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, issued a statement to put down rumors about the size…

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Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent contract award announced

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The Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $100,685,094 contract for Aegis Combat System Engineering Agent efforts March 3. This is the first time Aegis CSEA efforts have been competitively procured in more than 40 years.

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